Garbage disposals are a handy tool to have in the kitchen. Nothing can be more annoying when it suddenly stops working or doesn't work properly. Here are four common problems your garbage disposal may have and how to troubleshoot them.
This is one of the most common problems people have with their garbage disposal. Most people reach for the phone to call a repairman, but you may be able to fix it yourself. Just remember to never put your hand into the garbage disposal. The culprit of a clogged garbage disposal may be a stuck flywheel. One thing you can try to do is use the handle of a broom to extricate the object that is causing the problem. You can also try running water through the disposal while turning it on and off.
It Doesn't Turn On
If it won't turn on at all, an electrical problem might be present. The issue may be fixed easily by simply pressing the reset button on the base of the machine. If that doesn't work, check to see if the circuit has been tripped. If all else fails, don't forget to remember the obvious. It may not be plugged in. Someone else in your household may have unplugged it for one reason or another which means it could be a very simple fix.
It Has a Leak
It may be fairly easy to fix a leak from a garbage disposal. First, turn off the machine and check to make sure the bolts are tightly fastened. If they are, you can try a substance called "plumber's putty." Plumber putty is just a sealant plumbers use to make seals around drains and faucet airtight.
It Doesn't Drain
Try the same steps as you would for a clogged disposal. If that doesn't work, the issue is further down in the pipes. Take the time to remove as much standing water as you can to prevent water damage. Remember, never put your hand down in the disposal. You can use a water vacuum to safely remove the standing water.
Once the water has been removed, you can try using a plunger to remove the clog. If this does not work, the next step would be trying to snake the disposal to try getting rid of the clog that way.
If these troubleshooting steps don't fix the issue, it may be time to try to get professional help or you might just have to invest in a new garbage disposal. Call Roto-Rooter if you have any questions.